Lionel Chmilewsky, CEO of CBNL (left), with James Pearce, Deputy Editor at Global Telecoms Business.

Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) and TPx Communications (TPx) are winners of the ‘Infrastructure Innovation’ category at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards, which honor the telecom industry’s most innovative and successful project partnerships from around the world.

CBNL and TPx were recognized for their breakthrough pre-5G fixed wireless network, which unlocked the vast capacity of 28 GHz millimeter wave to increase coverage of superfast carrier-grade broadband in the US. Over 600 businesses in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose have already benefited from the network, with many more set to follow across California.

By utilizing CBNL’s VectaStar solution, TPx pioneered a more efficient strategy to unlock the bandwidth of millimeter wave and pass this on to American enterprises in the form of faster and more affordable broadband services. As the first US network to utilize point-to-multipoint (PMP) in this way, the project has paved the way for advanced millimeter wave strategies, helping accelerate the advent of multi-gigabit 5G fixed wireless.

Dick Jalkut, CEO at TPx, said, “We’re delighted that our project with CBNL has been recognized in the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards. The network has enabled TPx to create a highly competitive edge and reflects our drive to offer customers best-in-class services.

"Not only does our new fixed wireless service offer fiber-like speeds, it can be up and running in a very short time. This combination has been transformative for our customers and we look forward to bringing the benefits to more businesses across California in the coming months.”

Lionel Chmilewsky, CEO at CBNL, added: “TPx’s pre-5G fixed wireless network demonstrates the huge potential we have to unlock millimeter wave, bringing transformative services to the market today, whilst building an evolutionary path to 5G. With industry leading PMP technology that offers exceptionally high levels of spectrum reuse, alongside a world-class engineering facility, CBNL has developed a unique portfolio of solutions that have pioneered PMP across the 10.5 GHz and 26 to 39 GHz bands.

"This, combined with the 50 per cent cost savings PMP has over point-to-point, has enabled CBNL to transform carrier services across 50+ countries. We’ve now deployed 25 pre-5G fixed wireless networks in the US and look forward to supporting TPx as their network grows across California.

“We’re delighted that the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards have recognized the project’s influence, and look forward to continuing to drive innovation in the 5G fixed wireless, backhaul and smart city space.”

Alan Burkitt-Gray, Executive Editor of Global Telecoms Business and Capacity, said: “We had a superb range of projects nominated for this year’s awards, the eleventh time Global Telecoms Business has presented our annual Innovation Awards. Each year since 2007 we’ve seen how the industry is getting more innovative and more imaginative about serving customers as technology advances.

“To get through the first hurdle and be shortlisted is already a great tribute to the quality of work here, and to go on to win an award shows an excellent level of innovation in driving demand for better quality services. Congratulations.”